Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees
The Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees face off on Tuesday at Wrigley Field for game one of their interleague series. The Yankees are -165 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago Cubs have the worst record in baseball despite winning their last two games. The Cubs are 9-12 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are 11 games back in the National League Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .234 with Starlin Castro hitting .302, Emilio Bonifacio hitting .292, and Anthony Rizzo hitting .278. The Chicago pitching staff has an ERA of 3.62 with the starters at 3.69 and the bullpen at 3.48. For game one against the Yankees the Cubs start Jason Hammel who has a loss and a no decision in his last three starts. For the season Hammel has allowed 36 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 43 over 53 innings for a 4-2 record and a 3.06 ERA.
The New York Yankees have regained the lead in the AL East but they have the lowest winning percentage of any division leader in baseball. The Yankees are 12-9 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and have a half of a game lead on the Orioles. As a team the Yankees are hitting .264 with Yangervis Solarte hitting .313, Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .276, and Derek Jeter hitting .266. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.07 with the starters at 4.05 and the bullpen at 4.11. For game one against the Cubs the Yankees start Masahiro Tanaka who hasn’t lost a decision this season. For the year Tanaka has allowed 46 hits and 14 runs while striking out 66 over 58 innings for a 6-0 record and a 2.17 ERA.
The Cubs are 8-17 at home against a team with a winning record, 7-19 in game one of a series, and 1-6 in their last seven interleague games. New York is 4-1 in their last five games, 5-2 in their last seven road games, and 6-0 in Tanaka’s last six starts. New York has won their last four meetings against the Cubs.
This one looks like a layup as Tanaka gets win number seven.
New York Yankees -165 Chicago Cubs